The Walt Disney Corporation is a company that, at the time of writing, is worth around 195 billion dollars. They have purchased multiple major assets in recent years, like Marvel, Lucas Films, 21st Century Fox, and more.
People are often curious about what companies, characters, and intellectual properties Disney does (and doesn’t) own. Titlemax made a great graphic of the assets Disney does and doesn’t own:
We’ve created a series of posts looking at what Disney does and doesn’t own, including:
- Does Disney Own Universal?
- Does Disney Own Harry Potter?
- Does Disney Own Family Guy?
- Does Disney Own Nickelodeon?
- Does Disney Own DC Comics?
- Does Disney Own The Simpsons?
- Does Disney Own Lego?
- Does Disney Own Indiana Jones?
- Does Disney Own Sora?
Some well know brands and companies that Disney owns include:
- ESPN (80% stake)
- Touchstone Pictures
- A&E (50% equity holding with Hearst Corporation)
- The History Channel (50% equity holding with Hearst Corporation)
- Lifetime (50% equity holding with Hearst Corporation)
- National Geographic
- Hollywood Records
- Vice Media (10% stake)
- Core Publishing
And some well known brands and franchises that Disney does, in fact, own:
- Star Wars
- The Muppets
- The Marvel Cinematic Universe (but not the X-Men — yet!)
- Disney Princesses/Princes (such as characters from Cinderella, Mulan, Frozen, Aladdin, and The Lion King)
- The Chronicles of Narnia Franchise
- The Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise
- Pixar Films (such as Toy Story, The Incredibles, and Cars)
- The Winnie the Pooh Franchise
- The Indiana Jones Franchise
- Grey’s Anatomy (and other popular ABC shows)
A lot of the things people think Disney owns but that they actually don’t tend to be comic book characters (non-Marvel) or franchises with a Disney feel that don’t actually belong to Disney. A frequent point of confusion too is that Disney sometimes has the rights to a character or series for streaming, but not in their theme park (or vice versa). Similarly, there are assets that Disney owns the future rights to but not existing films or IP (as is the case with Indiana Jones).